Africa Economic Forum Inc

We are a non-for-profit organization working for the growth and economic development of Africa, through enhanced public-private partnership and improved collaboration across key industries and institutions to develop and promote models for the growth, development and competitiveness of Africa. We seek to promote economic transformation, growth and prosperity in Africa and to provide policy support to drive business investment, economic growth and development in the continent.

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On March 5th, 2024, the stage is set for a groundbreaking event that promises to reshape the continent's healthcare landscape forever. The pharmaceutical industry in Africa isn't merely on the cusp of growth; it's poised to explode into a realm of unprecedented opportunities. Imagine a convergence of changing economic profiles, bustling urban centers, surging healthcare spending, and a rising tide of lifestyle-related illnesses—a perfect storm of potential.

Africa beckons to innovators, pioneers, and visionaries from across the globe. With an eye-watering annual demand of $18 billion for packaged medicines, the continent is ready for transformation. But here's the twist: despite this colossal demand, a whopping 61% of pharmaceuticals are imported, leaving a mere 3% fulfilled through intra-African trade. Fear not, though—the winds of change are blowing stronger than ever!

Enter the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement, a game-changer set to turbocharge intra-African trade in medicines and pharmaceuticals. Say goodbye to reliance on external economies and hello to a new era of self-sufficiency and prosperity!

Join us on March 5th, 2024, for the most electrifying event of the year—the Industry Business Outlook for the Pharmaceutical Industry in Africa. Get ready to be inspired, empowered, and propelled into action as we dive deep into the pulsating heart of Africa's pharmaceutical renaissance. This isn't just a conference; it's a rallying cry, a call to arms for all those who dare to dream big and forge a brighter, healthier future for Africa and beyond. Mark your calendars, spread the word, and be a part of history in the making!


March 5, 2024

Main Schedule

2:00 PM - 2:20 PM
Opening Keynote Address: Setting the Stage for Pharmaceutical Industry Growth in Africa
In this inspiring session, industry leaders and visionaries will share insights on the current state of the pharmaceutical sector in Africa. Expect discussions on market dynamics, challenges, and the path forward.
2:20 PM - 2:40 PM
Panel Discussion 1: Exploring Trends and Opportunities in Drug Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management
Join experts from pharmaceutical companies, logistics firms, and regulatory bodies as they delve into the intricacies of drug production, distribution, and supply chain optimization. Discover emerging trends and strategies to enhance efficiency.
2:40 PM - 3:10 PM
Panel Discussion 2: Enhancing Healthcare Access and Affordability: Strategies for Pharmaceutical Companies
Access to quality healthcare remains a critical challenge in Africa. This panel will explore innovative approaches for pharmaceutical companies to improve access, affordability, and equitable distribution of medicines.
3:10 PM - 3:30 PM
Case Study Presentations: Showcasing Successful Models and Partnerships in Pharmaceutical Development
Real-world success stories! Learn from case studies featuring collaborations between industry players, research institutions, and healthcare providers. These examples will highlight effective models for drug development and delivery.
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Interactive Workshops: Addressing Regulatory Challenges and Compliance Standards
Dive into interactive sessions where legal experts and policymakers will guide participants through the complex regulatory landscape. Understand compliance requirements, quality standards, and best practices.
4:00 PM - 4:20 PM
Networking Sessions: Facilitating Connections and Collaboration Opportunities
Connect with fellow attendees, exchange ideas, and explore potential partnerships. These networking sessions are designed to foster collaboration, spark innovation, and create lasting relationships.
4:20 PM - 4:30 PM
Closing Remarks: Reflections on Key Insights and Future Directions
As we wrap up this dynamic event, reflect on the key takeaways, actionable steps, and the road ahead. What can we collectively do to drive sustainable growth and transform Africa’s pharmaceutical industry?


Dr. Hope Uweja (Vice President/Chief Engagement Officer at Africa Economic Forum Inc)

Dr. Hope Uweja

Vice President/Chief Engagement Officer at Africa Economic Forum Inc

Michael Adikwu (Professor at University of Nigeria, Nsukka)

Michael Adikwu

Professor at University of Nigeria, Nsukka

Jennifer Drambi Audu-Peter (Professor/ academic at University of Jos)

Jennifer Drambi Audu-Peter

Professor/ academic at University of Jos

Dr Paul Onuh (Lecturer at University of Nigeria Nsukka)

Dr Paul Onuh

Lecturer at University of Nigeria Nsukka


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